Preservation of agrobiodiversity and community adaptation to climate change in the mountains of Tajikistan
Conference “Mountains and Climate”, Bishkek, December 10-11, 2012
Globally changing climate and its unprecedented pace and impacts pose the hardest challenges to the humanity. The mountain communities of Central Asia are the first to be hard hit by the impact of global climate change due to their severe geographic and climatic living conditions, high dependence on natural resources for livelihood and lack of means and resources for adaptation. Fragility of mountain ecosystems coupled with remoteness and isolation of communities living in the mountains, prone to natural disasters, make them highly vulnerable to the consequences of global climate change: glaciers melting, decrease of biodiversity and water resources, pastures degradation and deforestation, which aggravate the socio-economic and environmental problems of the mountain communities and increase their poverty level.
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